Requirements to Renew a North Dakota Plumbing License

Written by Kacie Goff

When compared with plumbers across the country, North Dakotan plumbing professionals have it pretty good. Yes, you still need to do certain things and take some continuing education (CE) in order to renew your license. But all told, your requirements are pretty relaxed.

All that said, you do need to make sure you complete the requirements to keep your North Dakota plumbing license active. We’ve outlined everything the North Dakota State Plumbing Board requires in order to renew a plumbing license, from the deadline to the CE you need. 

First up, let’s look at those CE hours for master and journeyman plumbers.

Continuing education requirement for North Dakota plumbing license renewal

Bad news: the State Plumbing Board does require you to take CE hours on a regular basis. Good news: you don’t need very many hours. In fact, plumbers in most other states need more hours than North Dakotans.

If you’re a licensed master or journeyman plumber, you’re required to take two hours of continuing education each year, or four hours during each two-year period. You’ll need to have those four hours done by December 31 of every even-numbered year. 

You don’t necessarily need to sign up for the Board’s session or go to some specific classroom to get these hours. The state has approved certain education providers to offer North Dakota plumbing CE online. That allows you to get your four hours whenever your schedule allows from any location that works for you, provided you have an internet-connected device. 

Quick note: if you’re an apprentice, you don’t technically need CE, but the Board “strongly encourages” it. 

Once your CE is done, you’re ready to submit your license renewal application.

How and when to renew your ND plumbing license

  • Your license renewal application is due every year.
  • Technically, it expires every year on December 31. But you have until the end of January to get your renewal application in. 

If you wait until February to submit it, the renewal fee increases. And if you go more than a year without renewing an expired license, you’ll need to take the state plumbing exam again to reactivate your license. To avoid that hassle, do these two things:

Submit the application

You have two options here. First, you can mail in the renewal form. Here are links to printable PDFs:

Alternatively, you can send in your application online by logging in here. If you need to set up your online account or you forgot your password, you can follow the instruction here

Pay the fee

If you mail in your renewal form, include payment in the envelope. If you renew online, you’ll be able to use a card to submit the payment there, but you’ll be charged a 2.9% +$0.32 fee. 

The renewal fees are as follows:

  • On-time master renewal: $165
  • Late master renewal (after January 31): $200
  • On-time journeyman renewal: $75
  • Late journeyman renewal (after January 31): $100

Since your renewal is due right after the holidays, which are generally a pretty crazy time of year, it might make sense to mark your calendar so you don’t forget to complete your CE, submit the renewal form, and pay the renewal fee before January ends.